A Tavola
A Tavola

A Tavola

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atavolawinchester.com/
  • Phone: 7817291040
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner, Tuesday Through Saturday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Unique Catering Options
    Available to rent for Private Parties 7 days per week.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Vittorio Ettore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Have a custom board filled with house-cured meats artisan cheeses, pickled vegetables and marinated olives delivered to your event or packaged on attractive trays for pick up.

    Elegant Pig Roast stuffed with house made pork sausage will make a unique centerpiece for any event. Our chefs deliver the Porchetta on a custom wooden board, surrounded with seasonal roasted vegetables & accompanied by our mixed greens salad.
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant is available for private functions up to 48 people. Available any day of the week.
  • Private Party Contact: Lynsey Pellerin 7817291040
  • Special Events: Available for Private Parties & Special Events 7 days per week
    Contact Lynsey Pellerin at 781.729.1040 or Lynsey@atavolawinchester.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waterfield Rd.
  • Public Transit: Winchester Center
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample non-metered street parking in front of the restaurant as well as a public lot behind the building.
A word from A Tavola
Farm to Table, Eclectic Italian
Chef Vittorio Ettore, owner of Bistro 5 has opened a new Restaurant in Winchester. A Tavola, literally translates to “at the table”, an expression used in Italy as a dinner calling to gather everyone around the table to enjoy delicious food, and each other. Born to be the more casual sister restaurant to Bistro 5, A Tavola will be serving an eclectic Italian menu featuring “Piattini”. These small plates will be used to showcase an array of charcuterie, artisan cheeses, fish and vegetables, to pair perfectly with an exclusively Italian wine list. Additionally Chef will be offering unique catering options.
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A Tavola reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (32)special occasion (20)romantic (15)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Consistently awesome!!
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Another great dining experience at A Tavola! The dining room was slightly warm when we first came in because of the open kitchen, but some time in the middle of dinner, the air kicked in. This restaurant is in my top 5 favorites, and it continues to do so. For appetizers, my husband & I shared squids & mussels, both were very good. Then I had pasta w/ various seafood which I enjoyed immensely! My husband decided to try pasta w/ braised rabbit. He loved it! He said it tasted better than chicken! I'll take his word for it. The wine list wasn't extensive, but I don't think you can go wrong with any of the bottles. Service was most excellent, as always. Thanks for another great dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a wonderful find!
    outdining
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We ventured out in the storm to rendezvous with friends traveling a fair distance to meet us. The restaurant was a warm comfort against the torrents outside. Three diners enjoyed the salmon special, while one enjoyed the pappardelle dinner. All agreed that the evening was a terrific success. I can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints.
    Local1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great energy, attentive but not intrusive service and a menu that refreshes enough to make return visits interesting. Very tight space and could use some acoustic work because it does get loud when the place is hopping. After the early crowd comes through things get a little more relaxed after 8:30 although specials sell out quickly. A seat at the bar gives a ringside seat to the kitchen. Great Friday night wind down or Saturday special occasion place. Great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Neighborhood Gem on Church Street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our first time to A Tavola. We tried it for restaurant week and were quite impressed. Based on our experience with the abbreviated menu, we will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Went for Dine out Boston but every entree had an up charge except the chicken. Found this very annoying. My entree was a seafood pasta dish that was very dry pasta with very little seafood. Hated it.
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  • TAVOLA
    MyTummyisFullVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was my first time at this restaurant. It is SMALL...tables are close...chairs are not comfy...now the food was awesome. fresh!! They has a garden out back where they pick fresh veggies and greens for the dishes...smart....the service was rough...I had to ask for my water glass filled 3 times...small plates are full of flavor....Overall food was fabulous...service needs to be more polished....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suburban Gem
    MahLundyLou
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have yet to have an experience T Atavola that is less than perfect. The cantalope sorbetto is the perfect end to (another) perfect dining experience. Keep it going guys!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, but only OK food
    hrainVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Classy place, although a bit dark. The food options were good however the main issue is that the 5 of us had 4 different dishes and 3 required more salt. If it was only one, that would be one thing, but for multiple to be lacking in flavor than that's a bigger problem. Overall, for what they charge, the food should have been better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prettypicky
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I had never been to A Tavola before and was pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious and their EVOO dessert is amazing! It is a very small restuarant and you do sit close to other tables so you almost feel as thought you're being watched and people are listening to your conversation but if you go on the later side the restaurant starts to clear out a bit. It is a great atmosphere and our waitress was great! I would definitely go back again, I had a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    MADayTrippers
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Just a great place to eat, prices are reasonable, particularly when compared to the quality of the food and care of preparation. We sat where we could watch the open kitchen, so we got to see our meals prepared. Zucchini blossoms were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An off night- but would go back---
    Jules
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I would consider last night's dinner average though. The mussels were too small. The pasta dishes were both on the dry side. When I asked for a little extra dish of sauce, I was told there was an upcharge of $2.00. I believe that this dish was not meant to be swimming in bolognese sauce, however, it was too dry to eat as presented. I felt our waitress was average- she never came over during the meal to ask how things were, I had to seek her out. A different person dropped off the check and we never saw her again. The wine was very good- the Masi - I would highly recommend it. Although it was somewhat disappointing as I had treated a client to dinner, I would go back because I am hoping it was just an "off" night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great unique food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I loved the different array of offerings and farm to table mentality. Loved everything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here :)
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My 1st choice for a great meal out these days. Food is fantastic :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood restaurant of choice
    mustBgreat
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had been to Chef Vittorio's, Bistro 5 MANY times since he opened with just eight tables. This was my first time going to A Tavola. I loved the more casual setting and still amazing menu and choices of wines. I love getting a few "small plates" for my dinner. The special was zucchini blossom, stuffed with herb ricotta, lightly fried with fresh basil and tomatoes. Then I wanted a combination of two of the different dishes, and the chef fixed something that was absolutely perfect. The Thinly Sliced Pig Roast was really delicate and came with a cranberry sauce/compote and pickled veggies ($7 - amazing). My friend got a homemade pasta for the main, which is always outstanding! Can't wait to try craft beer nights on Tuesdays. MUST GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The roast suckling pig was world class. Service was prompt and professional but lacked warmth. The tables are very small with tripod bases that make finding a suitable place to put your legs and feet challenging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice little spot
    Jill
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was tasty, the ambiance was cozy, and it is easy to get to (I came from NH). There is a nice little park nearby for after-dinner strolling, as well. Not much of a non-alcoholic beverage list. Parking was fairly easy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun birthday evening
    LadyG
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    It was the first time we've tried this restaurant not far from our home. It's small and intimate. It was a week night and pretty quiet which was fine with us. The food was excellent. We shared stuffed crepes for an appetize and tried a couple of pasta dishes for our entrees. Everything was tasty and the portion size was good. They serve beer and wine. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent meal with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We've been to A Tavola a few times and have always enjoyed it immensely. I've always had pasta, and did the same this time, but one DC had the steak, which was incredibly tasty. The rest of us had pasta--always a good choice. A nice feature is that pasta is available in half-portions, so it's possible to try two kinds at the same meal--great for those torn between options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I went out on a much needed date night and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The service and setting were great, but were certainly trumped by the food. We shares an antipasto for two and the appetizer sized cavatelli (with shaved rabbit). For an entree, my wife had the rigatoni which was delicious but she could not keep her fork away from my Porchetta. If you are foodie, you may find this dish to be outstanding!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I like this place. Have been a few times before. Food is pretty good. Nice wine and beer selection. Little too small, but it's a neighborhoody place. I just have one gripe and it's probably from watching too many "Restaurant Impossible" episodes. Some of the staff brought out our food with their thumb on our dinner plates and the water servers grabbed our glass at the top rim, making it undrinkable. Seems like some of the staff is untrained. It's nitpicky, I know, but I couldn't get it out of my head as we ate and tried to enjoy our anniversary dinner.
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  • A great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I had the craft beer taste menu which was very meat heavy for my usual tastes, but was delightful and a great pairing for the beer. Wonderful robust flavors. Dessert was a bit of a disappointment with overly bitter chocolate in the s'more (which really should be enjoyed fireside). I have dined here before and dine often at Bistro 5 and found the service, while very pleasant and accomodating, a bit sluggish. We had to ask several times for water, had to ask for break, the check was super slow in coming. It was busy for a Tuesday, but it's a small restaurant so they can't really overbook.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 789 reviews are from the A Tavola reviews archive.
  • One of our favorites!
    CooksnightoutVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had a great meal sitting at the "chef's table" Saturday night. It is remarkable to see how the cooks work together in a relatively small space! Food was excellent- antipasto for 2 had a good variety and was generously portioned. Pasta was very good- hard to choose among several options. Bistecca was perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    molly3VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Service was good; food was good but did not meet expectations.; small portions for the price; cramped seating. I would not recommend or return.
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  • Lovely dinner
    rcs249VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My daughter and I just had a lovely dinner at A Tavola and really enjoyed ourselves. There was a wine list that I wasn't familiar with, but our server, a delightful woman, helped us select, and it was delicious. The home made bread was delicious with an infused olive oil, the chicken and salmon entrees were fantastic, the rhubarb meringue tart and salted caramel ice cream desserts and cappuccino were were a perfect end. Not a morsel was left on our plates, and we will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive antipasto amazing special
    bostonelsie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We've dined at sister restaurant Bistro 5, but this was our first time at A Tavola. The restaurant is cozy, if a little cramped. Looks like it might be fun to sit at the bar and watch the kitchen action. Amazing antipasto - best proscuitto parma, lovely pork with onion rhubarb compote, a great homemade ricotta with lemon zest, pureed chickpeas - rich and smoky (smoked paprika?) and olives. The special was veal flank steak paired with ramps, morels and fiddleheads - this was one of the best meals I've had in a while. A really good chianti classico on the wine list as well. The *only* slight issue was my husband's rigatoni bolognese - pasta a little too al dente/dense. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food once again!
    Chris
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    A Tavola always had a great menu. Tonight they had a wonderful bluefish on the specials board. It was cooked perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fajtovaquinn
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This small neighborhood restaurant offers excellent food, wine and beer. All of our dishes were outstanding including a scallops appetizer special, calamari antipasti, and porchetta entree. Chef Vittorio Ettore has created a very comfortable, cozy dining experience in Winchester. We look forward to coming back for a craft beer dinner in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and great service
    Sole
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband and I went out for dinner at A Tavola for easy accessibility since we live in Winchester and were happily surprised with our experience. Our waiter was very attentive and made excellent food recommendations. I ordered the salmon which was fresh as well as the vegetables. My husband ordered steak and he as very pleased with his dinner.The wine selection was great as well. Overall, we liked the restaurant ambience, service and food. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food- fresh and delicious!
    OystersAmore
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The homemade pasta and different piattinis were delicious... Most of us ordered soup and then a half portion of pasta with the piattinis on the side- great portion. We just thought for a menu that's set up in courses the service felt rushed and not explained well- meaning suggesting a wine pairing or try these things to start, then these later. The service was however very friendly, so again overall a great experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    lbjay
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I, thanks to some kind friends who offered a combo babysit + playdate, escaped our three young children for a nice dinner out. We were looking for cozy and relaxed, and A Tavola turned out to be a good pick. The food, service and atmosphere was all very good, and everything we ate was of excellent quality. You pay for what you get though; I think my only knock would be that it suffers a bit from the usual price inflation that seems to be common in these upscale, suburban eateries
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • probably better as a lunch place
    liv2eat
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a great meal but the price and atmosphere combined with a very overcrowded dinning area would take this off the list for going again. That said, the service was terrific and may be a better lunch place than a late day or eve dinner place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bar Scene
    JenFromBurbsVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love to sit at the bar and watch this expert team put fabulous meals together. Everything they make is great. I am gluten free and its the best pasta in town, including Boston. It's cozy and friendly atmosphere is ideal for dates and yet family friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, Very slow service
    BostonBean
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day Brunch. 4 adults, 2 children (ages 8 and 10). Food was very tasty but it took too long for the entrees to be served. Appetizers came without too much delay. Then we waited a long time for the entrees. Kids' menu did not offer an appetizer so they were ravenous by the time their meals were served. The bread was delicious, but we didn't want to fill up on it while we were waiting. We had to ask the waitress when our meals would be coming. She was apologetic. Prix Fix was 49.00 per person for 3 courses (app, entree, dessert), children 10.00 for entree+dessert, not including tax and gratuity. If not for the uncomfortably long delay to serve the entrees, I would have rated this restaurant higher.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A faithful friend...
    SandarellaVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    A Tavola is our go-to local restaurant which always guarantees a fresh, cooked-to-order meal; a cozy, rustic ambiance; and attentive, friendly, and informed servers. As regulars, we have our menu faves, such as the rosemary pressed chicken with broccoli rabe and grilled polenta. We also enjoy many of the wonderfully fresh appetizers. We're very familiar with the menu and would love to see some new offerings, apart from the nightly specials, but we can always find something yummy, and it's great to check in periodically with our friends, too!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Splendid Surprise
    lillibetVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I had missed that Parson's Table was replaced by A Tavola, but after one visit, I can't be sad about the change. The decor is exactly the same--wonderful, welcoming wood with interesting details. The food is spectacular--I had the rabbit wrapped in bacon over goat cheese mashed potatoes and every bite was wonderful. Our service was generally good, although our server walked away without explaining the meats on our antipasto platter, both of which were marvelous. The desserts deserve a special mention, since they're rarely an Italian restaurant's strength--both of ours were inventive and delicious. I will definitely return next time I'm in Winchester--might even make a special trip!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY nice Easter Brunch
    Eclectus
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was our first visit (but not our last!) and we were very very happy with everything. The special prix fixe brunch menu was a bit light on vegetarian fare (one of our party is vegetarian) but the carnivores all said the lamb with fingerling potatoes was outstanding. In fact, everything we tried was outstanding. The open kitchen was busy but never hectic and presentation was impeccable. Great place for date night or girl's night out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prix Fixe Easter Lunch
    Notafoodie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food was unusual, tasty, and beautifully presented. The table was too narrow: everyone kept stepping on the feet of the person across from them. The waitstaff got one order wrong, and two others were not cooked as clearly ordered. Once corrected, the food was stellar.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just delicious
    Sarita
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was our second time at A Tavola and we were very impressed both times. The food is inventive and and the flavors are wonderful. The entree portions are substantial. I like the wine list and the "quartino" servings, and when I was trying to decide between two wines, let let me have a taste of each. We will be back.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Notable Chef's bistro in Winchester
    sachemslax
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The food was excellent, a fun choice reflecting the chef's creative touches, not just a standard menu. It's not inexpensive, and not staged for a quick family dinner. Instead, it's an excellent choice for entertaining guests or a night out for two, not only for food, but conversation. Efficient and helpful, but unrushed service. Perfect when one wants a bistro-restaurant, not a loud sports-bar environment. The wine list reflects quality over a wide selection. A nice alternative in a town center, not requiring a trip into the city, or worse, to a suburban strip-mall. We will try their set-menu options on select evenings, since a la carte portions still make it difficult to manage a multi-course dinner from all parts of the menu.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    ShelTVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Hostess & server friendly but not as polished as prices would suggest--had to ask 2xs for wine chiller, had to ask for water to be refilled, no follow-up on quality of dinner & ignored Open Table reference to birthday dinner celebration. Appetizers, especially spicy chickpea dip, were very good. Dinners--pasta was homemade and tasty--were delicious, though portions were on the small side.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate